MERGE Senator Cynthia Villar, assisted by Roberto Cuenca, yesterday drew the weekly raffle of P100,000 of the Associacion de Agricultores de La Carlota y Pontevedra Inc. that is marking its 100th year, which was won by George Villarosa from Bayawan.*

Villar: Break up cartel
driving sugar prices up

Senator Cynthia Villar stressed the need to break up a cartel that is driving up the cost of Philippine sugar, and bared a plan to create a separate body to handle the P2 billion annual sugar industry competitive enhancement fund, saying that the Sugar Regulatory Administration has “failed”.

Villar and Finance Assistant Secretary Antonio Lambino who were in Negros Occidental yesterday, listened to the concerns of the sugar industry stakeholders at the Associacion de Agricultores de La Carlota y Pontevedra Inc. ( AALCPI) office in La Carlota City, and later met with other industry leaders.

Lambino said he was in Negros Occidental to learn more about the sugar industry and its concerns. “The goal is to make the sugar industry in the Philippines globally competitive,” he said. moremoremore

Ferrer: Find ultimate solution

Negros Occidental Acting Gov. Jeffrey Ferrer said yesterday that the police, after thorough verification of persons alleged to be high valued targets for drugs, should “find the ultimate solution, no more words are needed”.

Ferrer was reacting to the statement of Lt. Col. Jovie Espenido, head of the Bacolod City Police Drug Enforcement Unit, who called Bacolod City “shabulized”.

Espenido, on Wednesday, urged members of organized crime groups in Negros Island to go to his office, cooperate and help the government go after those really behind the illegal drug trade. moremoremore


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Bacolod BOSS extended to Feb. 29

An ordinance extending the deadline of the 2020 Business One-Stop-Shop (BOSS) from January 2 to February 29 at the Bacolod City Government Center was unanimously approved by the Sangguniang Panlungsod yesterday during a special session.

Bacolod Vice Mayor El Cid Familiaran yesterday said the extension was requested by the Metro Bacolod Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MBCCI) through Mayor Evelio Leonardia.

Familiaran said this will give businessmen ample time to comply with all the required documents and surcharges of 25 percent will not be imposed on them.